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Cooking fish can be quick and easy

American Butter Institute

Fish can be a healthy and tasty part of your diet and it doesn’t take long to prepare.

Question: I am trying to incorporate fish into our family diet: how do I determine how long to cook fish? — David

Answer: Measure the thickest part of the fish and cook it for six to eight minutes per half-inch in a 425 F oven.


Question: After using my baking sheets for several years they now look terrible (so bad that I am embarrassed to pull them out when company arrives at my house for supper). I have tried cleaning them with baking soda and water, but the pans remain stained.

— Vanessa

Answer: Some old, stained baking sheets require more than surface cleaning and people use sandpaper with them. Fill the bottom of the pan with dish soap and water and let it soak for 15 minutes. Leave the water in the pan and rub the pan using small pieces of sandpaper and a little elbow grease.

As the sandpaper becomes soaked, switch to fresh, dry sandpaper. I have never found this option to damage the finish of my baking sheets. Extra tip: Before using baking sheets, line them with parchment paper makes cleanup a snap!


Question: Do you have a solution to stop my carpet from sliding on top of another carpet? Rubber rings just don’t do it. 

— Allan

Answer: Here are a few options beginning with my least favourite to my favourite: 1) Apply Velcro strips or double-sided tape to both the carpet and the area rug to hold it in place. 2) There is an online product called Ruggies (quite inexpensive) — these little rubber shapes are designed to suction grip carpet on top of carpet while preventing corners from curling. 3) Under-rug mats are made for carpets and are available at flooring and home hardware stores (somewhat expensive). 4) Purchase a roll of rubber shelf liner. Cut the liner to fit and place it underneath the rug for a cheap solution.


Note: Every user assumes all risks of injury or damage resulting from the implementation of any suggestions in this column. Test all products on an inconspicuous area first.

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